Sean McVay has jokes.
The Rams coach decided to initiate friend and new Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury into the NFL with a little prank about tampering violations.
McVay told Adam Schefter on his podcast Monday that he invited Kingsbury to dinner along with Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who Kingsbury coached at Texas Tech.
This is where the tampering part and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell’s name come in.
“We have a mutual friend that I put his name in my phone as Roger Goodell. I had this friend send me a text saying, ‘I can’t believe you’re at dinner with Kingsbury and Mahomes. You know better than this. This is tampering. You’re both losing picks,'” McVay said.
“I showed Kliff the text, and he saw a ghost. I said, ‘You better call [Cardinals general manager] Steve Keim right away.’ He said, ‘I thought I was going to lose the No. 1 overall pick.’
“We couldn’t let it go on too long, but it was pretty good. We got him good.”
McVay said the prank came up again recently, and Kingsbury vowed to get him back.
McVay also clarified that the prank was legal and all in good fun, but he did concede that the Cardinals losing the No. 1 pick wouldn’t have been a travesty to him.
“I wouldn’t be upset about that,” he said.
Kingsbury was hired by the Cardinals in January after a 5-7 season at Texas Tech, where he spent five seasons. The Cardinals hiring marks the first time Kingsbury has coached in the NFL.
McVay is entering his third season with the Rams and is coming off a Super Bowl run that saw Los Angeles lose to the Patriots, 13-3.